The last of the new teas from this year’s cocktail collection!
If Bahama Mama is my favourite of the new teas, and Negroni my second than by process of elimination this is my least favourite – but that doesn’t mean I don’t like it at all.
Before I even touch on the tasting notes though, I just have to get it out of my system than I hate the name of this tea. I get that it’s supposed to feel kind of beach-y because that’s what a Playa is, but I come from a more rural region where “playa” is not part of most people’s normal lexicon – and if it is it’s as slang for a player/gangster. So when I read this name, all I can see is “Gangster Peach”…
As for the tea itself, it is pretty peachy but way more of a floral peach than I think most people will be accustomed to expect from DT, since usually DT peach flavours are quite juicy and sweet. This is still somewhat sweet, but more from the honey notes of the persimmon. Has some tang to it still, though. What I think, instead, is the more forward flavour is the papaya and the persimmon. That especially makes sense with the former; this was developed to be a peach and persimmon tea.
If you’re not familiar with persimmon, it tastes kind of sweet and honey-like with a floral quality to it as well – and I think that those flavours very much come through in this tea. I like the taste of actual persimmons so I thought I would really enjoy them in this tea, especially because I do find it so accurate, but there’s something about the heavy way the flavour hangs in my mouth and the combination of all the floral elements I’m getting from both them and the peach that I feel just ever so slightly off. I really go back and forth on whether I enjoy the profile, and I think where I’ve landed is that yes, I do like it, but in smaller quantities at a time before those florals can really build and accumulate on my palate. Aside from that, the other flavours I get are papaya and lemongrass. Both of which I still find complimentary to the blend.
I did bring a small amount of this one home for myself, but not as much as the other two because I suspect I will want to really distance out my cups of it.
Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts and feelings regarding the teas, and not the company’s.